I’ve recently discovered that the meaning of the street name, Esperance, where I live is Hope. Esperance comes from the Latin word Sperantia which means to hope. I like that. Hope, Expectation. To me it means that I live on Hope as much as I live in hope.
Quite appropriate I think, to have discovered this as we begin the journey of Advent. For Advent is not only about preparing our hearts for Christmas and celebrating His coming, but we also anticipate and hope for the return of Christ the King in the Second Advent.
As much as my permanent residence is currently on Esperance Road, or Hope Street, so must our hearts reside in the hope of the World – Jesus. When we have Jesus, we always have hope. No matter what we have gone through, or what we are going through, there is always hope in Christ Jesus. No matter what our walk of life has looked like, no matter what circumstances we face, the truth remains – in Jesus we have hope. Christ has come and is the Hope of the World. And this hope is one that does not disappoint and will never disappoint.
At Christmas time we celebrate that all those years ago in a little town called Bethlehem, God met the hope of all mankind by the birth of His Son, Jesus.
A thrill of hope the weary world rejoices,
For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn.
Fall on your knees! Oh, hear the angel voices!
O night divine, O night when Christ was born;
“May your unfailing love rest upon us, O LORD, even as we put our hope in you.” (Psalm 33:22)